We celebrated Pesach at school with different Sederim, which were adapted to suit the needs of the children and all were designed to be stimulating and enjoyable ahead of ‘the real thing’. Each child in Reception had the opportunity to present part of the Seder and interacted with their teachers in a vivid retelling of the Pesach story. Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a more traditional-style mock Seder as the older children led the rest in each stage of the Seder, leading the way with Divrei Torah, songs and, of course, eating! A particular highlight was the visit of a very large frog, usually known as Rabbi Lawrence, who came to sing with the children, as well as send them into the Pesach break with some ‘ribbiting’ words of Torah!
Years 3 and 4 were split into their houses and competed in a series of Pesach challenges including making their own grape juice, finding the pieces of the Korech sandwich that were hidden around the Hall, and Years 5 and 6 began with chavruta learning, with Year 6 partnering with their parents, to consider the theme of ‘Freedom’ more deeply. Some Year 6 children then shared their poems based on Dayenu with some very moving and meaningful contributions from them all. We finished with a Kahoot Pesach quiz, a lemon-eating contest (we thought horseradish would have been too mean!) and a rousing Hallel and Nirtzah sing-a-long.